Join the dark side with the MINI JCW Nightfall Edition

    Only 50 will be sold, so be quick if you're interested.

    Two new MINI John Cooper Works variants have been introduced to the Australian market - the 3-Door Hatch and Convertible Nightfall Editions. These latest limited editions offer ominous blacked-out exteriors and upgraded John Cooper Works parts with special edition badging around the car.

    Both Nightfall Editions are powered by John Cooper Works tuned 2.0L TwinPower Turbo engines producing 170kW (228hp) of power and 320Nm of torque and driving the front wheels through a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox.

    The hatch variant makes a 0-100km/h sprint in just 6.1 seconds, and the convertible takes just under half a second longer, at 6.5 seconds.

    As the name suggests, everything about the car is darker than usual. Exterior paint in finished in a dark Enigmatic Black Metallic, and all most previously chrome surfaces such as door handles and headlight covers have been re-done in Piano Black.

    Other additions to the Nightfall Edition over the S are standard John Cooper Works upgrades, including a carbon fibre bonnet scoop, upgraded brakes, black 17-inch Track spoke wheels, and a custom exhaust system with silver exhaust tips and a carbon fibre surround.

    The Nightfall edition gains special edition badges around the exterior, while the interior is treated with Anthracite headlining, Piano Black trim and carbon black Dinamica/Leather coated sports seats. The steering wheel is wrapped in alcantara, and the mechanical handbrake receives a carbon fibre finish.

    General Manager for MINI Australia commented “we’ve seen our highest-ever rates of John Cooper Works sales in Australia this year, and these new Nightfall Editions are sure to up the ante. We’ve packed a massive amount of additional John Cooper Works upgrades into both cars, and we expect both cars to deliver heart-pounding thrills on both road and race track".

    The hatch will be priced at $70,990 AUD, and the Convertible will be $75,290 AUD (both are indications of drive-away price). This is a substantial $21,090 AUD price jump from the standard John Cooper Works hatch, and a $17,290 AUD price jump from the standard John Cooper Works convertible.

    We don't quite think the price jump is justifiable, but if you're interested, be quick as MINI is only making 40 hatch and 10 convertible Nightfall Editions.

    - AutoNews Australia

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